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Erik Mongrain – Master of Air Tap – Fascinating…

Erik Mongrain has developed a technique to perfection which is known as Air Tap. For playing this Air Tap technique the guitar is not played in the normal position but is laid flat in front of the the player and is played simultaneously by both hands.

The left hand produces the tones by hammering down the fingers onto the fretboard and the strings – a technique that has been known for a long tine,  but which has mainly been used for playing small ornaments. The possibility of amplification now makes it possible that this technique can be used for playing not just ornaments but complete melodies or even chords just with the left hand alone.

The right hand is used to pick the strings with the traditional fingerpicking patterns, but also to produce a number of percussion effects and harmony tones. By this two-hand technique a full and complex sound is produced which does not sound like a single guitar but almost like a complete guitar ensemble.

In 2004 Erik Mongrain has played the following piece in a Canadian talent show:

Erik Mongrain – Airtap 2004 – Party de Noël

Prestation d’Érik Mongrain au Party de Noël des Pourris de Talent.Décembre 2004

In 2012 he has played “Rewind” from his album “Forward” at the Canadian Guitar Festival:

CGF 2012: Erik Mongrain – “Rewind”

Erik Mongrain – “Rewind” (original).
Live, at the Canadian Guitar Festival 2012
August 4, 2012, Loughborough Lake, Kingston, Ontario

Erik performs an original tune from his 2012 album “Forward”.

Erik Mongrain has first used this technique when busking because it attacted a lot of people. Now he uses this often at the beginning of concerts to get rid of his stage-fright. He is currently working on new compositions for a new album supported by a campaign with indiegogo.

Playlist Erik Mongrain

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Amazon Partnerlinks for the CDs Fates (2007) and Equlibrium (2008) by Erik Mongrain:

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Maxim Cormier – A Young Guitar Player from Cape…

I have found Maxim Cormier on twitter when he posted about his new recording project. He has started a campaign with indiegogo to raise the money for his next CD. He plans to record the new CD together with his father Gervais Cormier:

Hi, My name is Maxim Cormier. In the links below, you’ll find some more information on me. I have extremely lucky to receive the “Big Sampie Award” given by the Celtic Colours’ Drive’ers’ Association and Lakewind Sound. This award allowed me to record my debut album.

A big part of my live performances are done with my father and best friend, Gervais Cormier. As much as I love my debut album, it only represents half of our live performance. With your help, we’re looking to put together an album that will represent the other half of our performances. This includes classical guitar repertoire played with a flatpick, some jazz, celtic medleys not featured on my first album, new fingerstyle compositions of mine, django reinhardt, my dad’s own compositions, etc.

Playlist Maxim Cormier – Guitar

The Cape Breton Post has recently written an article about Maxim Cormier:

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You can find details about how you can support Maxim Cormier at indiegogo:

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Calum Graham – He can play the guitar like…

Calum Graham is a young guitarist from Canada who is already a master of his instrument. Three years ago he won the first price at the Canadian Guitar Festival with this fantastic and incredible performance.

Canadian Guitar Festival 2010: Finalist 1, Song 2 – 1st Place (Calum Graham – “The Channel”)

Calum has just released his third album 12:34 in which he worked together with Don Ross. You can watch Calum with Don Ross in this video:

Calum Graham & Don Ross – It Is What It Is (2013) (fixed audio*)

Read more “Calum Graham – He can play the guitar like few can on the planet – New CD 12:34 with Don Ross”

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Pirate Heart and Ukulele – Coeur De Pirate &…

The Canadian singer Coeur de Pirate (pirate heart) has sung the song Umbrella together with Julien Doré in thr French TV Show Taratata.

This is a great example of a song that is accompanied by just a ukulele.

Coeur De Pirate & Julien Doré “Umbrella” // “Pour Un Infidèle” (Live On Taratata Juin 2009)

Les duos et reprises de Taratata sont l’occasion unique pour les interprètes de revisiter un titre d’un autre répertoire. Julien Doré, familier de l’exercice, s’était associé avec la chanteuse Coeur de Pirate (Béatrice Martin) pour rejouer au ukulélé le titre phare de Rihanna : “Umbrella”.

Orignal Song “Umbrella” by Rihanna.
Album Good Girl Gone Bad – 2007

TARATATA N 319 (Diff. France 4 le 12/06/09)

Coeur de Pirate sings mainly songs (chansons) in French language. She is mainly popular in Canada and in France.

If you like French chansons you can listen to the playlist with songs by Coeur de Pirate on the CBC site.

Additional Information

Website Coeur de Pirate: http://www.coeurdepirate.com/

Wikipedia about Coeur de Pirate: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C5%93ur_de_pirate

Béatrice Martin (born September 22, 1989), better known by her stage name Cœur de pirate (French: pirate heart) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. A francophone from Montreal, she sings mostly in French and has been credited with “bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth”.

Playliste with songs by Coeur de Pirate

Wikipedia about Taratata:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taratata

Artists including Devendra Banhart, Katie Melua, and Ayo made their French TV debut on the show. The show’s chief lighting technician, Jean-Philippe Bourdon, was awarded two Sept d’or in 1994 and 1995.

The show features unique duets and highlights new artists and uses different presenters for each episode. These aspects, and the general emphasis on original music, led the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel to identify Taratata as a uniquely creative show on French TV in April 2009.